John H. Rothrock
John H. Rothrock, 95, of Rockport, Ind., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.
He was born on April 27, 1925, in Depauw, Ind., to the late Earl and Lola Rothrock.
John was proud of his military service during World War II. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 and traveled through the Panama Canal, to the Marshall Islands, Guam, Philippine Islands and Saipan. He had tours on the USS LST 560 and USS Dale DD 353. After his military service, John received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Indiana University.
John and his first wife, Marilyn Guest Rothrock, were married on June 16, 1956. They were married for 43 years and had three children, Karen, Sharon and Karla. John taught business education and drivers’ education in the South Spencer School Corp for 40 years. His first teaching position was at Rockport High School and then South Spencer High School after consolidation. There, John served as the Business Department chair until retirement in May of 1993.
He was a member of Thompson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Depauw and later attended Rockport First United Methodist Church and Grandview United Methodist Church. John taught Sunday school well into his early 90s and held several positions in the church, including treasurer and lay leader to the Methodist Conference. He enjoyed farming, gardening and caring for his cattle. John also enjoyed watching college basketball and was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Guest Rothrock; second wife, Frances Connor Rothrock; siblings, Elva, Melvin, Emery, Sherman and Helen Ruth; and nephew, Lloyd.
John is survived by his daughters, Karen Bunch, and her husband, Dwayne, of Rockport, Sharon Gieselmann, and her husband, Frank, of Utica, Ky., and Karla Bengert, and her husband, Patrick, of Haubstadt, Ind.; grandchildren, Jennifer Newton, and her husband, Travis, Jamie Goodwin, and her husband, Jason, Matthew Bunch, Nick Bengert and Elaine Bengert; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Carolyn Mowen; and step-children, Jonathan Connor, Christopher Connor and Carol Connor-Garreau.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at Boultinghouse Funeral Home in Rockport. Burial is in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Rockport. Military honors by the Rockport American Legion Post 254.
Visitation is from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to the South Spencer Scholarship Foundation, South Spencer High School, 1142 N. Orchard Road, Rockport, IN 47635 or Thompson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 5387 Rothrock Mill Road NW, Depauw, IN 47115.
Friends unable to attend may send a condolence to the family at www.BoultinghouseFuneralHome.com.